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Freedom Train 07/28/13

Posted by pir8fan Jul 28, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

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Freedom

Posted by pir8fan Jul 24, 2013

Thank you all for helping me reach 1300 Days of:

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Silver Linings

Posted by pir8fan Jul 22, 2013

Good Morning fellow EXer's! I realize that many of you have had a stressful weekend! I hope that we all can take a deep breath this morning, and move forward towards Freedom!

In 1999 I moved away from Raleigh, NC because I was unhappy with upcoming changes in tax structure, and I was generally unhappy with way local and state government was being run! In 2003 I moved to Arizona for a better job oportunity! Then to Charleston SC! Then Smithfield NC! And in 2009 to Naples FL! And that one was mosty because of the weather and proximity to cruise ships!

My point is that people move everyday! Like smoking it is a choice! People move for jobs, climate, better opportunity, or to be closer to family! People also move because they are not happy where they are! And, everyone deserves the opportunity to seek happiness! The one thing that stays constant in any move is, that you do not quit on friendships!

This weekend we watched some friends and neighbors pack up and leave our community! It was hard to see them go, just as I am sure that it was hard for them to leave! The good news is they only moved a few clicks away! Many of you have been invited to visit, or even move to their neighborhood! Those of us who do not facebook will not be able to get there! But, just as you are welcome to their neighborhood, everyone is, and always have been, welcome in ours!

The important thing here is that no people are lost, and no friendships are destroyed! And hopefully no one smoked over it! No matter which community you call home, we are all headed to the same place! Freedom!

Live Free my friends! And live well! Now let us go forward,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and Prosper!!            Tommy

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Freedom Train 07/21/13

Posted by pir8fan Jul 21, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

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Cooler heads PLEASE!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 19, 2013

The EXpert badges are gone! That is not a bad thing! They never should have EXisted!

Good Ridance, I say!

I pointed out to ADMIN a long time ago that the site could be held legally liabel for off the cuff commets made by people they had deemed EXperts! For EXample the time that one of the EXperts suggested to a member that he should kill his wife, and her friend!

I believe (and this is my opinion) that these EXpert badges were removed at the suggestion of the legal team at Legacy! If they did not suggest that, they should have!!

We are still the same people, doing the same things! Take a deep Smoke Free breath!

This is not a bad thing!                 Tommy

I was fortunate enough to be involved in a discussion about the role Oreo's play in our ability to quit smoking! Now, being a man I am alway schocked when I find out that women seem to talk a lot about diets. That is not a subject that comes up very often in guy conversations. (Unless we are comparing Hooters wings to others). It occured to me that this may be the third rail that I should not touch. I realize that I could make a lot of you hate me if I am not careful! That being said I could not resist the challenge!!

My experience with quitting went like this! Day 1! I am not going to smoke. Maybe a snack will help! Day 2! I am not going to smoke! Maybe a snack will help! Day 3! I am going to have a snack! Maybe it will keep me from smoking! Day 4! This food is actually better without smoking! Day 5! (at Burger King) " I will trade you a pack of cigarettes for a burger and large order fries. Could you add a chocolate shake to that please?" Day 6! I am supposed to remember something about cigarettes, but I need to eat first!

Surprise! First 3 weeks I added 13 pounds! The cool thing was that I had not smoked a cigarette in three weeks. I was feeling pretty good about myself except my clothes seemed to be shrinking! Just for the record, how many of you are thinking "Take the money you are saving on smokes and get new clothes!"  Wrong!! I am thinking "I am going to die of morbid obesity but at least my coffin will not smell like an ash tray!"

Then, the thought hit out of the blue!! I said to myself " Self, you are kicking the nicodemons butt! You have broken the one of the hardest, and nastiest addictions in the world! You have taken control!! If you can do that you can do anything!! Take control of what you put in your mouth!" Easier said than done, right? Wrong! It is the same plan. Find you weaknesses and overcome them! Be Alert! We always need more lerts! No, Pay attention to eating triggers. Now, you don't have to smoke, but you do have to eat, but ultimately you are the one that has to commit to controling what you put in your face! Commit and honor your commitment to yourself! That sound familar?

Now here is the part where I incur the wrath! The first 3 weeks as a quitter I gained 13 pounds, In the 5 months since I have lost 28 pounds. I sit here today 15 pound lighter than I was the day I quit! The big secret is there is no secret. It is just a commitment to yourself. You quit smoking! You can do anything!!

Live Free! Smoke Free!                         Tommy

The following is a repost of a blog that I wrote a little over three years ago! I hope there is some motivation here!

What was your biggest problem today???

Did you run out if gas today (in your car)? Did you run out of gas today (energy wise)? Did a waitress mess up your order? Did the battery die on your cell phone? Did someone say something that you did not like? How about that smoking thing? Did you fight off a few cravings today? What was your biggest problem of the day?

Today, in Florida a young lady of 29 took her last breath because of a disease caused by smoking!! 29 Years old! What were you doing when you were 29. Were you just getting a handle on life? Maybe you were married, and had young children! Do you remember thinking the whole world was wide open to you? You could do anything ,and go anywhere!! Did you fire up another cigarette and start planning a future! We have all  the evidence we need today that the words "cigarette" and "future" do not belong in the same sentence!

So many of us dodged so many bullets!! For the most part, we don't know or think about the ones who did not!! Did some magic genetic code save us? Why was I one of the lucky ones? I don't know! I never will! What I do know is that if you are one of the lucky ones, you have pushed your luck enough! There is a game called Russian Roulette! You put one bullet in a revolver, you spin the chamber, stick the barrel in your mouth, and squeeze the triger. You find out if your luck has run out! Anybody want to play?  Go and buy a pack of smokes, spin one out, put it in your mouth and squeeze your lighter! Find out if your luck has run out!!

Today in Florida a young lady of 29 took her last breath! God, we commend the spirt of our young sister into Your Loving Hands! We ask you to help us keep the lesson!! Amen

Tommy

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

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What an Awesome Fire

Posted by pir8fan Jul 8, 2013

Last night at midnight, as I watched the last embers of our Summer Bonfire die away, I paused for moment to reflect on the event! The Final number was HUGE! And I want to thank everyone who took part!

1,330,621 UNsmoked cigarettes were burned this weekend! That is more than 66,531 packs! At a modest average of $5 a pack that is almost One Third of a Million Dollars!

As I read back over the comments and contributions over the next few days, I already know that I am going to find that a lot of my friends were not there! That is going to remind me that I need to do a better job of being a friend! Some of you know that a couple of weeks ago, one of the best friends that I have ever had in my life, passed away! I had not visited him in 7 years! The lesson that I am taking from that is; I need to make time for my friends! So I am going to make an all-out effort to be the kind of friend that I should be to all of you who mean so much to me! I hope you will see, and benefit, from my efforts! Until then I want to EXtend a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to everyone who helped make the Bonfire a Special event! Good night and God Bless!

Tommy

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Freedom Train 07/07/13

Posted by pir8fan Jul 7, 2013

Good morning fellow EXer's! The Freedom Train is on the tracks, and prepared to make it's daily run to Freedom from smoking! Everyone is invited to come aboard to celebrate their own personal Freedom, and that of their friends!!

If you are new here, this vehicle provides an area for everyone to gather and celebrate the milestones, and successes of those in our community! There are no tickets! The fuel for this locomotive is love and caring! The rides on this Train are paid for in contributions to the quits of others! The only thing required to ride this Train is a desire to breathe Free! We encourage everyone to join in the celebration! No matter where you are in your quit, today is special, and is cause for celebration! Celebrate with others, and they will celebrate with you! There are no baggage fees! Bring all your "EXtra baggage"! We will help you sort it out!

We encourage you to come aboard today! Shout out your personal milestones, and those of your friends! Show your pride in your quit! 2 Days, 200 Days or 2000 Days! More, if you have them! Let us hear from you, and let us all celebrate our FREEDOM!! Post food and music! IT IS PARTY TIME!!!

This Train is bound for FREEDOM from the Evils tobacco and smoking!!

"IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!!!!!!!! Tommy

pir8fan

Good Morning my Friends!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 6, 2013

I just wanted to Thank everyone who came by last night and made the BONFIRE such a huge success! As we have done with bonfires in the past, this one will continue to smoulder and burn until midnight Sunday night! At that point we will have a final tally of all of the unsmoked cigarettes we burned up! As of now we have a total of 1,182,935 !!! That is awesome!

If you were not able to drop of you unsmoked cigarettes last night, there is still time! I think that we can post an even more impressive number! If you are not sure on the math I will help and I am sure others will as well! I have to work til 7 tonight, but will update numbers when I get home!!

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2013/07/05/summer-bonfire

AGAIN! Thank you to all!!!                Tommy

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SUMMER BONFIRE!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 5, 2013

Where did the blog go??????  OK the blog disappeared!! I have started the fire with the Freedom Dump truck dropping 51,240 of my own unsmoked nasties!!!

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BONFIRE TONIGHT!

Posted by pir8fan Jul 5, 2013

Be sure to join us tonight for the summers biggest CELEBRATION of our quits!! Multiply the number of cigarettes you used to smoke in a day, by the number of days since your last one! That is your contribution to the raging inferno!! If you can't make it to the fire please let someone know how many to toss in for you!! ONE MILLION unsmoked cigarettes is the goal!

The fire will, begin on my Blog at 7:00 Eastern Time!! Speard the word! Just YOU and ME and a few hundred of our closest friends! ARE YOU READY FOR A PARTY???????

This event is brought to you by The Freedom Train! "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"     WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 

           Tommy

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Don't forget........

Posted by pir8fan Jul 4, 2013

Huge Bonfire tomorrow at 7:PM Eastern time!!

Also plese stop by and sign the EXer's Declaration Of Independence today:

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/pir8fan-blog/2013/07/03/exers-declaration-of-independence

Happy Fourth of July everyone!                              Tommy

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the bands which have connected them to their tobacco products, and assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them, a decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impell them to the separation!

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all EXer's were created equal, and with equal opportunity to quit, and that they were endowed by their Creator with certain Inalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Clean Lungs!

We, the EXer's do here by solemnly publish and declare that we are independent of tobacco and absolved of any loyalty to the producers thereof.

We the EXer's do here by attach our signatures to this document and mutually pledge to each other to protect our quits with our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor!

Witness my hand! Tommy Piver

I know that there are a lot of people who are re-claiming their Freedom from addiction today! Please take the information below to heart! If you are jumping from an airplane, take a parachute! If you are falling off a cruise ship, take a life jacket! If you are riding in a car fasten your seatbelt! If you are breaking an addiction(like nicotine) remember your lifelines!

If you should have a serious craving, use all of your lifelines before you smoke!

#1. Ask The Audience! Come here, and tell us that you are in danger, and why! Wait 15 minutes for us to respond! Give us that opportunity to help you! That is why we are here!

#2. Phone A Friend! Befriend someone here that you feel you can trust! EXchange phone numbers with that person! If you are in a situation that you can not handle on your own, call or tEXt that person!

#3. 50/50! Make two list! The first list should be all the reasons you should not smoke! The second list should be all the reasons you should smoke! Now take the second list and mark out all of the things that are just  "EXcuses" to smoke! EXcuses and reasons are two very different things! If there is anything left on the second list let me know! Keep your first list handy. Read it, if any of those silly "EXcuses" try to steal your quit!

This message was brought to by: The Freedom Train! "IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING WITH US, YOU ARE MISSING THE TRAIN"                  Tommy

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